Markuze/Mabus Gets Another Suspended Sentence

Dennis Markuze, aka David Mabus, is getting off with a light sentence yet again. This clearly mentally disturbed man who likes to send death threats to people (me included, and dozens of my friends) because he hates atheists got yet another suspended sentence after violating the previous suspended sentence.

A St-Laurent man with mental health problems who admitted he has threatened several people over the Internet because he disagreed with their atheistic opinions has received a sentence that requires him to follow psychiatric treatment for three years.

Dennis Markuze’s inability to control his impulses was evident during a sentence hearing at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday. While the psychiatrist was testifying for the defence, Markuze could be heard laughing at what his doctor said and uttered the word “bulls–t” at least once.

Yeah, that shows how seriously he takes this.

A series of strict conditions that will accompany the sentence were laid out by prosecutor Sylvie Dulude, who noted Markuze failed to respect another suspended sentence he received in 2012. He was first arrested in August 2011 after more than 300 people signed an online petition demanding that the Montreal police finally do something about a person who called himself David Mabus (an alias Markuze has admitted to using) while making threats through social networks for years. The petition stated that “(a)nyone who associates with scientifically and skeptically minded people is likely to become a target for unsettling rants and threats to their life and well-being.” Markuze targeted people who expressed scientific views doubting the existence of God. Almost a year later, Markuze pleaded guilty to eight counts of uttering threats. In one threat Markuze wrote “Die f—ing atheists. I will cut your heads off.” In another he wrote to Timothy Farley, an American who runs an online educational forum: “Farley you die today.”

Before his first sentence expired, Farley, one of the eight victims in that case, filed another complaint with the Montreal police reporting that Markuze was harassing him again through social media. The complaint was investigated, Markuze was arrested and, at one point, he told the arresting officer: “You bitch. The same thing will happen to you like what happened to the (World Trade Center) twin towers in 9/11.”

When asked whether Markuze might represent a threat to society, Semeniuk said he has seen no warning signs while treating Markuze on a monthly basis.

“I’m relatively confident he wouldn’t be violent,” Semeniuk said. As was stated during his first case, Markuze becomes agitated when he uses drugs like cocaine and marijuana. The psychiatrist said Markuze has since received “a fair amount of of therapy and received a fair amount of help” toward dealing with his drug abuse.

It’s easy for you to be relatively confident that he wouldn’t be violent, you aren’t among the dozens and dozens of people he’s been threatening to kill for the last decade or more.

Markuze’s suspended sentence includes three years of probation during which he is required to follow treatment with Semeniuk and to take any medication prescribed to him. He is also forbidden to communicate with Farley through the Internet, Twitter or other forms of social media. He is also not allowed to communicate with anyone who is part of the same educational forum as Farley.

Which were, by the way, the same conditions on the previous suspended sentence, which he ignored. Look, I agree the guy needs treatment, but at this point it should be absolutely clear that it should be involuntary inpatient treatment, not outpatient. How do you prevent him from taking cocaine? Keep him locked up in a mental hospital. How do you prevent him from getting on a computer and threatening other people? Keep him locked up in a mental hospital. Simply telling him to stay in treatment and not to do those things has done absolutely nothing to prevent him from doing so in the past and there’s no reason to believe it will be any more effective this time.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    Well, someone is doing the same thing again and expecting different results.

  • John Pieret

    I have to say, although I received hundreds, if not thousands, of missives from Dennis at my personal blog, I never really felt threatened. Something about their repetitiveness and lack of relationship to the post it was directed at just told me that they were disassociated with me. They were, if anything. a kind of Tourette syndrome outburst.

    But that was just me.

  • D. C. Sessions
  • Alverant

    I have to wonder if his light sentences are because of the victims of his crimes.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ D. C. Sessions : A few someones here actually.

    I would’ve thought the logical result of any breach of a suspended sentence would be automatic un-suspending of the original sentence – i.e. imprisonment and strict enforcement perhaps with extra time added.

    Why isn’t this the case and how many chances can there be before something real is actually done?

    Mabus /Markuze should have the full weight of the law -and mental health treatment imposed on him.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Why isn’t this the case and how many chances can there be before something real is actually done?

    And thus, Warren Zevon.

  • Al Dente

    He is also forbidden to communicate with Farley through the Internet, Twitter or other forms of social media. He is also not allowed to communicate with anyone who is part of the same educational forum as Farley.

    So Farley and his forum companions are supposedly safe from Markuze but the rest of us are fair game. Thanks a lot, judge.

  • whheydt

    Re: Al Dente @ #6…

    Just create an account on his Forum. Then you’d be covered by the order.

  • D. C. Sessions

    So Farley and his forum companions are supposedly safe from Markuze

    Indeed. Should he violate the terms of his suspended sentence, the Court would have no choice but to suspend another sentence.

  • caseloweraz

    …thus keeping all of his victims in suspense.

  • grumpyoldfart

    What does a criminal say when he gets a suspended sentence? “Beauty, I got away with it.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Well, in the category of monkeys typing Shakespeare…

    Sooner or later Mabus will threaten a person who is just as fucking looney as he is and then hilarity will enuse–or maybe homicide.

  • Al Dente

    J’arkuze!

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    What are they waiting for, someone to get killed?

  • Lofty

    What are they waiting for, someone to get killed?

    Zactly. Cops just hate crimes that leave no dead bodies to poke fun at.

  • lordshipmayhem

    This reflects poorly on the Canadian system of jurisprudence, which seems to despise incarceration of mentally ill, potentially violent individuals out of a misplaced concern for their rights trumping the very real risk they pose to their targets.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    I have to wonder if his light sentences are because of the victims of his crimes.

    I don’t “wonder” about that, I’m pretty certain of it.

  • http://marniemaclean.com MissMarnie

    I recently watched the documentary, Dear Zachary. Between this and the documentary, I don’t have much confidence in the Canadian justice system. Obviously, a ridiculously small sample size to be making that conclusion but there you go.

  • Synfandel

    @4 Alverant wrote:

    I have to wonder if his light sentences are because of the victims of his crimes.

    I highly doubt it. His case was heard in Montreal, which is possibly the most secular city in North America. I’m more inclined toward lordshipmayhem’s theory:

    …the Canadian system of jurisprudence…seems to despise incarceration of mentally ill, potentially violent individuals out of a misplaced concern for their rights trumping the very real risk they pose to their targets.